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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Ne-Yo Talks Leading by Example With 'Good Man' Album, Romeo Santos Collab

    Set to drop his Good Man album June 8, three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo stopped by to talk album the album’s concept, working with Romeo Santos, and keeping his music accessible.

    Calling out men who “treat women any old kind of way,” the singer-songwriter remained candid when breaking down the theme of Good Man. “[Men] have forgotten what it is to just put forth effort to just genuinely be a good person…We walk around with this selfishness on us that’s this whole ‘It’s all about me, and I gotta get mine.'”

    Clarifying that he himself is “in no way, shape, form or fashion” better than anybody, Ne-Yo stresses the importance of humility and learning from one’s mistakes. Hoping to lead by example with this album, the 35-year-old wants to change the “good guy narrative” for the younger generation.

    On linking up with Latin music megastar Romeo Santos for “Nights Like These,” Ne-Yo recalls having an effortless conversation with the Bronx native in the studio. Once the two realized they were both on the same page, the actual songwriting came naturally.

    “It was cool to sit with him and just chop it up for a minute before we got into the actual record, and it also made the writing process just that much easier,” he explains. “That’s one of the standouts on the album for me, personally.”

    Below, throw it back to 2012 when Ne-Yo told us the meaning behind his R.E.D. album and chat about what fans thought about his dance-influenced single, “Let Me Love You”:

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